Human Development and Family Sciences
The Catalyst
February 2019
From left: Norma Gaines-Hanks, HDFS associate professor, pictured with students in Barbados during winter session 2019 study abroad program.
Dear HDFS community,

Welcome back to the spring semester. Our very industrious faculty had an adventurous and research filled winter session that included very successful study abroad experiences in Barbados and Hawaii, research collaborations in Malaysia and attendance at the prestigious Salzburg Seminar. We have become truly “global.” Our junior faculty is also accumulating awards and grants. Congratulations! I wish everyone a great start!

Bahira Sherif Trask, HDFS department chair
Global Experiences
From left to right: Dr. Jacqueline Wiltshire, Director, HIV/AIDS Commission; Jessica Bergbauer, HS student; Cecelia Neblett-Murray, Social Worker, HIV/AIDS Commission; Dajah White-Dumpson, BHAN student, and Caitlin Bobis, HDFS student.
A group of students completed their internship placements with the HIV/AIDS Commission during the Barbados winter student abroad program. They participated in an interview that was broadcast on the local TV station, Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), where they discussed their purpose for being on the island and their roles at the HIV/AIDS Consortium. 
Founded in 2001, the HIV/AIDS Commission “advises the Government of Barbados on plans and policies and to build strategic partnerships to effectively manage, control and reduce the spread of HIV in Barbados …and endeavor to mobilize widespread community participation and support their involvement in programs of this nature.”
Rena Hallam, HDFS associate professor and Laura Eisenman, SOE professor, launched an inaugural trip to Hawaii to study disability and diversity over the 2019 Winter Session.Twenty-eight students representing a myriad of majors traveled to Oahu and the “Big Island” of Hawaii to learn about the cultural dimensions of disability and to examine issues of access and inclusion within this diverse context. 

Students engaged with local human services agencies, schools, as well as cultural institutions to gain an understanding of the complexity of the island culture and how activities and institutions adapt to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Faculty & Student Spotlights
Jen Carrano, HDFS assistant professor, has received  a pilot grant from  Delaware-CTR ACCEL program (supported by an Institutional Development Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health).The overarching goal of her study, “ Examining outcomes and factors associated with substance use disorder recovery among a community sample of individuals living in recovery residences”  is to improve recovery services for individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) by examining how various indicators of recovery change over time for individuals who live in recovery residences, and what predicts those changes. 

The project is a collaborative effort involving faculty and students from several UD departments/colleges and researchers from Christiana Care Health System, in partnership with two community organizations. Research findings will contribute to the currently sparse literature on the effectiveness of recovery residences in promoting SUD recovery, and provide insight into ways in which long-term, community-based services can be optimized for those in recovery.
Valerie Earnshaw, HDFS assistant professor, is the recipient of the 2019 Early Stage Investigator Lecture from the Office of Disease Prevention at the National Institutes of Health .The award recognizes recognizes early-career prevention scientists who have made outstanding research contributions to their fields and are poised to become future leaders in prevention research.

She has also been selected as the Emerging Leader recipient of the 2019 Psychology and AIDS Distinguished Leadership Award for her contributions to understanding and addressing the mechanisms underlying HIV stigma through research, policy work, and advocacy.

Valerie is currently collaborating with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Malaya to develop an intervention to reduce stigma toward LGBTQ people, people living with HIV, and people with histories of substance use disorders among their medical and dental students.
Jason Hustedt, HDFS associate professor, recently returned from a 5-day session of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. At this meeting, he joined international experts from 6 continents and 15 countries for an in-depth discussion of healthy development for children and families. 

Dr. Hustedt's trip was funded through a Presidential Fellowship from the Salzburg Global Seminar and with support from UD's Institute for Global Studies, which has a longstanding partnership with the Seminar.
Jennifer Juarez is a senior majoring in Spanish Studies with minors in Urban Education and Arabic. Jenny has worked in the HDFS main office supporting faculty, staff, and students during her four years as a student at UD. Jenny credits her time working in our department for solidifying her future goals of working with students within an educational setting and doing work in the community. She is also planning to attend law school in Fall 2020, with the goal of becoming an immigration attorney.
Annette Pic is a graduate student in HDFS studying early childhood development and inclusive education. Her research areas of interest focus on oral language development, play, and child-initiated learning. Annette is working in the department's advisement center as part of her graduate assistant duties and really enjoys interacting, advising, and getting to know the HDFS undergraduate students.
Upcoming Events
Professional Development Series:
Dr. Jean-Philippe Laurenceau
February 22nd, 3:00 pm
220 Alison Hall

Book Talk and Signing Event
Dr. Steve Gavazzi, Land Grant Universities & The Future
February 25th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mitchell Hall

Social Entrepreneurship Series:
Katie Hood, One Love Foundation
March 11th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Venture Development Center

Jason Aviles, FLYOGI & Wilmington Green Box
April 10th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Venture Development Center

Race and Culture Event:
Dr. Roderick Carey
March 14th, 3:30-5:30 pm
Gallery, Perkins Student Center
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